Condolence Messages for former Speaker W.J.M. Lokubandara

Exemplary citizen and a veteran politician - President

I wish to express my deep sorrow over the demise of W.J.M. Lokubandara, an exemplary citizen and a veteran politician.

He has etched a memorable mark in the Sri Lankan society as a former Speaker of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister and a Governor. His political role was much respected among his supporters as well as opponents as he kept close attention to the aspirations of the people, states President Gotabaya Rajapaksa in a condolence message.

The message: “An outstanding scholar of Sinhala language and culture, he was a devoted lover of the language. He instilled the love for the Sinhala language in the country and society through the linguistic organisation, the HelaHawula.

“Mr.Lokubandara enriched Sinhala literature by contributing several outstanding works. With his mastery over the language and erudite delivery, he won the attention of the masses. His vision and esteemed knowledge of religion made him a vivid example of a traditional lifestyle of a Sinhala Buddhist for others to emulate.

“The footsteps he left behind as a people-centric politician, literary figure, critic and an intellectual will provide topics for societal dialogues for a long period to come.

“I pray my friend W.J.M. Lokubandara attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana”.

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Lokubandara always upheld public service in high esteem - PM

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa in a special condolence message on the death of W.J.M. Lokubandara said that W.J.M. Lokubandara rendered an invaluable service to literature as a literary supporter of the ‘Hela Hawula’ and served his country with absolute dedication, as a politician.

“He always upheld public service in high esteem and Lokubandara’s name will certainly be etched in our memory for generations to come. The political orientation of Lokubandara always held the country in high esteem. I still remember how he worked with me not only as a politician but also as a close friend. Lokubandara will never come back for a tasteful debate of our glorious past, but his memory will definitely remain in the hearts of people of this country as a much loved Speaker, politician and literature expert.”

“May he attain the Supreme Bliss of Nibbana!” 

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